TUCSON, Ariz. – A U.S. Border Patrol agent in the Tucson Sector was assaulted Tuesday during a drug seizure involving six smugglers with 300 pounds of marijuana. Since Monday, agents thwarted smuggling operations involving narcotics, illegal immigrants and weapons.
Tuesday’s incident occurred near San Simon, Arizona, when an agent encountered six subjects carrying large packs of narcotics. During the apprehension, one individual became combative, forcing the agent to use pepper spray to subdue the subject. The agent was able to apprehend three of subjects and seize 300 pounds of marijuana, valued at $150,000.
In another incident yesterday, Border Patrol agents operating cameras spotted 13 people carrying large packs of suspected marijuana near Bates Mountain in western Pima County. Agents responded to the area with help from an Air and Marine Operations crew and apprehended the subjects with 514 pounds of marijuana worth approximately $257,000.
Agents working the I-19 checkpoint Monday arrested two men, a U.S. citizen and a Mexican national, after finding six pounds of methamphetamine during a secondary inspection of a Ford F-150 pickup truck. A narcotics-detection canine alerted agents to the vehicle’s engine compartment where they the drugs, worth about $30,000. Agents seized the drugs and vehicle.
Two additional U. S. citizens were arrested just outside of Douglas, Arizona, for smuggling three illegal aliens. The female driver was also in possession of a handgun.
In Newfield, Arizona, agents seized more than 800 pounds of abandoned marijuana, worth in excess of $400,000, found in a horse trailer.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.